In David Thoma's article, The Mind of Man, he writes about how he believes that women teachers are the reason why boys score lower on tests and don't do as well as girls in school. "At kindergarten and primary school level, in which little girls out-perform the boys, the vast majority of teachers are female. "(121) He focuses on the fact that boys are more rebellious and outgoing than girls. Thomas believes that becasue most boys have behavior problems the teacher becomes concerned with their social and not their academic life. Since girls tend to be more diligent and less rebellious, the boys are usually the ones that speak up more forcefully and are spoken to more often by teachers.
Girls and boys learn differently, their brains do not function the same way which means they need to have different learning strategies. Most research on Single-sex education have just advantages for girls. The advantages for girls are that they are more encouraged to take what they call “boy subjects” like science, math, and autos. Girls are usually uncomfortable to take the “boys subjects” because they do not want to be teased for being a “genius” or “nerdy”. As it says in the source of single-sex classes and Equal opportunities for girls and boys: perspective through time from mixed comprehensive schools in England... ... middle of paper ... ...he teachers have activities to make the boys more involved and have less chances to misbehave.
In elementary school things that seem easier for some prove to be far more difficult for others. Also, factoring that kids are developing emotionally, physically, and mentally every day. Research has shown that boys tend to learn at a slower speed at academics than girls. Perhaps you have seen the mismatch in your own homes and schools: boys struggling to learn in the ways provided for them, teachers and families becoming frustrated, boys being labeled “difficult” or “failures” and becoming remorse with self-doubt (Gurian & Stevens 2006). The purpose of this paper is to give insight on how boy’s emotional, physical, and mental developmental changes affect them in school.
The lack of care for education relies mainly in that the system has shifted to help out girls but completely forget about boys. Boys learn at a different rate causing men to become less successful. Conlin states, “Developmental differences often un-fairly sideline boys as slow or dumb, planting distaste for school as early as the first grade” (Conlin 177). Boys are growing up learning that maybe school isn’t for them leading them to even drop out or not enroll in college. In addition, some may argue that pop-culture suggest that it’s not cool to be educated or go to college.
The Sociologist and the Movie Man Gerry Garibaldi, a high school teacher and Michael Kimmel, a professor of sociology both explain how the consequences of the feminism movement are harming boys in school and later in life. Kimmel and Garibaldi present their views on the gender education problems in their articles “How The Schools Shortchange Boys” and “A War Against Boys”. Both make passionate arguments and prove that boys are at a disadvantage in modern feminized classrooms. Kimmel’s arguments about the problems boys face in the American educational system are more convincing than Garibaldi’s, because his style of argumentation is more objective, supported by more statistics, and provides unbiased restatement of opposing views. Garibaldi shares his professional experience in order to
Advertising can be hurting your child’s way of thinking. Children are far more susceptible because they are unable to understand, distinguish, and educate themselves between the good and the bad advertising in the media. Through television, magazines, movies, and billboards, advertising emphasize their products by targeting, attracting, and influencing young children. As children watch television every day of their life, they see thousands of commercials, being constantly consumed. Whether they are for kids clothing, toys, or fast food, or are advertisements that promote sex and violence, their minds are becoming filled with destructive images that create double standards, making the advertisements seem socially acceptable in society.
Boys have to go deal with the peer pressure they get from other boys about attending school and are left thinking getting an education is not cool. This types of thinking have made boys think that school curriculum is not masculine and too girly. The academic journal “masculinity goes to school” Robert Gilbert, Pamela Gilbert and Alen Segal states “Furthermore, students interpret curriculum as feminine or masculine, based on subject content, teaching methods, and learning processes. Physical education, for instance, exemplifies masculinity, and is a powerful medium of gender normalization in schools” (Gilbert & Alen n.p). Peer pressure makes boys not think logically.
Taught that he is equal to a woman, not that she is some sort of subhuman. I have recently read an article on the definitions of gender roles. There are also examples of a little boy named Jonah who from a young age always preferred pink, dresses, and dolls (Newsweek Staff). Instead of forcing baggy shorts, trucks, and football on them she made a muc... ... middle of paper ... ...re ostracized because they o not fit gender roles and societies expectations. Schools send messages to boys that deter them from wanting an education.
When a girl broke the rules she would get a serious talk, but if a boy were to do the same thing he would get yelled at in front of his class. This is a humiliating for any student and it creates a dislike for the teacher and the school. Boys always were always pressured to appear strong by not crying if their feelings because they had the impression that men don’t cry. The boys that got yelled at for breaking the rules and not sitting in class were the boys that ended up not being able to graduate with me. A number of the boys still are not in college.
Though his statements were more speculation than anything else, and lacked substantiation, further studies revealed that he was not wrong, albeit this was one of the only claims he made out of a rather sexist bunch that had any truth to it. A study by Kropp and Halverson (1979) found that girls preferred stories with a female lead characters engaged in “female activities,” and stories with male leads and masculine activities were the least popular; for boys, they found the opposite was true (Langerman 133). This is most likely because children enjoy stories and characters that they can relate to. Female children would find female characters more easily relatable than male characters and vice versa. Children also tend to read more books by authors of the same gender (Langerman, 133).